TA residents vulnerable to ballistic missile strike (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Gilad Morag Published: 07.24.12, 22:16)
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Despite threat of war with Syria and Iran, city shelters can only
contain tenth of population
Over 400,000 people reside in Tel Aviv, and hundreds of thousands
enter it each day, but does the city offer them sufficient protection
from a possible ballistic missile strike? A review of security
measures conducted in light of the looming threat of a confrontation
with Syria and Iran has yielded disconcerting findings.
While an Iron Dome battery has recently been installed in central
Israel for training purposes, the missile defense system does not
offer protection against ballistic missiles. Moreover, shelters in
Tel Aviv can only house 40,000 people – a tenth of the population,
Ynet has learned.
Tel Aviv residents and employees could seek cover in the fortified
sections in their homes and offices; those who don´t have the luxury
and don´t make it into their neighborhood shelter during an attack
could be out of luck. A source in Home Front Command said that new
shelters are no longer being built, and the authorities are not
taking sufficient measures to fortify existing homes.
he authorities have launched an effort to map out the city´s
shelters, but it remains unclear when the project is set to be
A source in Home Front Command confirmed that Tel Aviv has a severe
shelter shortage, but refused to provide the exact data.
City Councilman Shlomo Maslawi noted that the situation is worse in
Tel Aviv´s southern neighborhoods, where many refugees have taken
Existing shelters well-maintained
On the upside, the existing shelters are well maintained, the city´s
schools are fortified and emergency services hold frequent drills to
practice wartime scenarios. The Municipality said that over the past
few years it has invested NIS 10 million (roughly $2.5 million) in
readying the city´s protected areas for an emergency.
"Many of the shelters have been upgraded in accordance with the Home
Front Command´s standards… The city has 241 public shelters,
including 111 which are equipped with air filtering systems designed
to deal with chemical weapons," the Municipality said in a statement.
"The shelters may be inhabited by 40,000 people, and are being
maintained and monitored by the Municipality and Home Front Command."
The shelters and fortified areas that have been installed in all the
city´s schools may also be used by residents. (Copyright 2012 ©
Yedioth Internet 07/24/12)
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